A Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, has sentenced a 400 level student of the University of Ilorin, Akinsanya Rilwan to 3 months community service over romance scam.

In his judgement, the presiding judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye found the accused guilty based on exhibits and proof of evidence tendered before the court.

The service requires him to clear the drainage at Bekind filing Station near Tipper Garage, Tanke up to the gate of the University of Ilorin for Three Months commencing from September 2, 2020.

Ridwan got the jail term on Monday, August 31, 2020 after being arraigned on one-count charge, bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences by the Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The charge read, “That you, Akinsanya Rilwan (a.k.a Alex James) sometime in March, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by impersonation by pretending and representing yourself to be a white man called Alex James to an unsuspected white woman, Stewart Sonia on a dating site called Hangout as it is contained in your gmail account: [email protected] and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.

“A search was conducted in his house and one Galaxy phone and laptop were recovered, we analysed them and discovered an email box where several fraudulent messages were printed in his presence,” Mahmoud Ibrahim Hamman, an Assistant Detective with EFCC said while reviewing the case.

Justice Oyinloye in his ruling said the convict should get a notice of clearance from the Registrar of the University of Ilorin and the Kwara State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, adding that failure to do so would attract him six months imprisonment.

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