The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office has secured the conviction of Ademoyegun Dare Samson for offences bordering on Cyber crime. He was convicted by Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, September 13, 2019.
The conviction of Samson who was arraigned on a two count charge followed a plea bargain agreement between him and the Commission.
Count One reads: "That you Ademoyegun Dare Samson sometime between 2017 and 2019 in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court aided one Adetunji Obasanmi Oluwatoba and one Joshua Ochofue Ada now at large on financial transactions to the tune of Two Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty Naira (N247,450) and One hundred and Eighty Three Thousand Naira (N183,000) respectively, being funds suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity, thereby commited an offence contrary to Section 27 and punishable under the same section of Cybercrime (Prohibition, prevention etc) Act, 2015".
He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, urged the Court to accept the plea bargain and convict him accordingly.
Justice Maha pronounced him guilty and subsequently convicted him to three month imprisonment, with option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) to be paid to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The court also ordered the convict to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form of fraud within and outside the country, adding that failure to comply will attract judicial sanctions.
The Court ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the payment of fine.