A court in Abuja, Nigeria, has told a person who stole money from people on the internet to clean the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for two weeks.
The 21-year-old student, Babatunde Samuel, was found guilty on Tuesday by the FCT High Court in Gwagwalada, FCT. The order was given on Tuesday.
Samuel admitted to cheating, which was a charge brought by the EFCC, and begged the court to be easy on him.
Justice Aliyu Shafa gave the verdict and told Samuel to clean the EFCC building from 8 to 10 a.m. for two weeks while being watched.
Justice Shafa also said that Samuel had to get counseling for one month from the EFCC legal department.
Shafa also told the prisoner to sign a bond promising to be good for two years, from June 21, 2022, to June 21, 2024.
Shafa told the laptop and cell phone that were used in the crime to be burned.
Shafa told him to stop breaking the law and act like a good person.
In his allocutus, the prisoner asked the court for mercy and said that he would never do something like that again.
“I’m sorry I took part in internet fraud. I promise I won’t do it again,” he said.
In support of the allocutus by the convict, the defense lawyer, Mr. E. G. Inalegw, told the court that Samuel, who had never been convicted of a crime in Nigeria before, was sorry and wanted to change.
“Samuel is the oldest son of his old mother, who is in the hospital right now. He just finished high school and was accepted to college.
“He moved to Abuja to try to find a better life, but he ended up committing internet fraud instead,” Inalegw begged.
Inalegw asked the judge for mercy and promised that the convict would not do anything like this again.
Also, an amicus curiae named Sylvester Ogbelu asked the court to consider the convict’s age and give him a sentence that didn’t involve jail time, especially since the mother was old and sick in the hospital.
Khalid Sanusi, a lawyer for the EFCC, had already told the court that Samuel, aka Andy Wong, lied on Facebook in 2021 by saying he was a Chinese oil and gas engineer living in Italy.
Sanusi said that Samuel, in this case, tricked a woman named Karen in order to get $10,000 from her.
He said that the crime broke Section 321 of the Penal Code and could be punished under Section 322.