Hon. Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 convicted and sentenced Damilare Adelaja and Banjo Femi (a.k.a Katherine Bishop, Lonely Diva) to four months imprisonment each after they opted for a plea bargain and pleaded guilty on one-court charge bordering on impersonation.
The convicts were re-arraigned separately by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan zonal office.
The charge preferred against Banjo reads: “That you Banjo Femi (a.k.a Katherine Bishop, a.k.a Lonely Diva) sometimes in November, 2018, at Awa-Ijebu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court Fraudulent Impersonated by representing yourself to be Katherine Bishop, a white female Via your mail sent to one Charlse Hyatt a United States of American Citizen through your email address: email@example.com in order to facilitate your obtaining gift cards worth the sum of $350 (Three Hundred and Fifty United States of America Dollars) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015”.
For Adelaja, the one-count reads: “That you Damilare Adelaja sometimes in 2018, at Awa-Ijebu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court falsely represented yourself as Victoria Jane and sent female pictures through an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, as that of the said Victoria Jane to one Jason who resides in the United States of America in order to obtain the sum of $30 (Thirty United States of America Dollars) from him, through itune cards and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015”.
Before agreeing to the amended charges, the convict had pleaded not guilty when they were originally arraigned.