The Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State has on Thursday sentenced a man, Ebi Obaro, a.k.a. Donovan Macbeth Kelvin, to prison for internet fraud.
Obaro, facing a one-count charge of fraudulent trick and attempting to obtain by false pretences, was arraigned by the Benin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. According to the commission, Obaro, attempting to defraud his victims through the internet, presented himself as Donovan Macbeth Kelvin in his Gmail account.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
Larry Aso Peters, the prosecution counsel, urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.
But R.E.O. Esite, the defence counsel, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender who has become remorseful since he was arrested. He also told the court that the defendant pleaded guilty to charge so as not to waste the time of the court and has promised to desist from such despicable act.
Justice P I Ajoku after listening to both counsels sentenced the defendant to one month imprisonment.