Student jailed for porn fraud

A final – year student of Computer Science, Ridwan Soyombo, has been jailed for four months after being found guilty of fraud and sending pornographic items to his victims .

Soyombo was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office , and charged on one count of fraud .

The convict was brought before Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court , Abeokuta Judicial Division , after his arrest on February 13 , 2019 .

The verdict came at a time he was supposed to be mobilised for the mandatory one – year National Youth Service programme .

Soyombo had settled for a plea bargain with the EFCC before the initial charges were reduced to one.

The charge that earned him the jail term read, “That you , Ridwan Soyombo (aka Andrea Norde ), sometime in 2019, at Awa Ijebu, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly sent pornographic and indecent pictures with Google Hangouts account , with email address ,
andreanorde 19 @gmail . com , through a computer system and network to one James R . Dunford, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 24 (1 )(a ) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition , Prevention, Etc ) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 24( 1 ) of same Act. ”

The prosecution counsel , Mabas Mabur, urged the court to convict Soyombo accordingly since he had admitted to committing the offence and had pleaded guilty .

While delivering his judgment , the judge said the four months ’ jail term took effect from February 13, 2019 when he was arrested.

The court also ordered that , through the Federal Republic of Nigeria , Soyombo would forfeit and restitute a sum of $ 700 to Dunford and Cara Melton , his victims .

The culprit also forfeited his Apple MacBook Air laptop, one iPhone X mobile phone and one Wi – Fi router to the Nigerian government .

The items, believed to be proceeds of his crime , were reportedly recovered from him during his arrest .

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