The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of one AbdulBasit Abdullahi Yahaya before Justice A.A Bello of the Kaduna state High Court on a one count charge bordering on cybercrimes.
AbdulBasit who was arrested at Yoruba Road, Karji, Kaduna State, allegedly created two fictitious accounts on Instagram with the names of CamilaCosta6498 and Valentinardiaz266, which he used in defrauding victims whilst representing himself as United States Air Force officer.
The one count charge preferred against him reads, “that you, AbdulBasit Abdullahi Yahaya “M ” on or about the 26th of April l, 2023 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, impersonated one Camila Costa, an Air force Officer of the United States of America on Instagram and engaged one Rick Morrow on romantic relationship, and you thereby committed impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 142 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of the Kaduna State and punishable under the same Law”.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Consequently, Justice Bello convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with the option of N 100,000 fine. He was ordered to forfeit his Samsung S7 phone which he used to commit the offence to the Federal Government of Nigeria.