Justice Dairus Khobo of the Kaduna High Court on Thursday sentenced Peterson Enoch, a 19-year-old teenager, to 12 months in prison for offenses that had some resemblance to internet fraud.
The state Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission hauled the defendant before the court; he is a resident of Millennium City, Kaduna.
Khobo determined the defendant was guilty of the charge brought against him in his ruling.
The judge gave Enoch a choice of a N100,000 fine or 12 months in a jail or prison.
He also ordered the forfeiture of the iPhone 12 and Infinix S5 phone recovered from the convict at the time of the arrest to the Federal Government, and to restitute $1,000 to his victim, Kingsley Matthew.
Prior to this, the EFCC Counsel, P. C. Onyeneho, claimed that Enoch was one of the suspects detained at Malali in Kaduna on August 25 as a result of useful information regarding the activities of people suspected of being fraudsters.
“Upon arrest, one iPhone 12 and Infinix S5 phone were recovered from Enoch and when the phone was analysed, several fraudulent documents were printed from his emails.
“Checks on his profile revealed that Enoch had impersonated one Sandra James and swindled the complainant of $1,000 using fictitious emails,” the prosecutor added.
The defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge.