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Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. military officer jailed in Nigeria for cyber crimes

An impostor, who calls himself Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook has been jailed in Nigeria for online scams.

The real name of the 21 year-old impostor is Jatto Sheriff Umar, but in the cyber world and to his victims, he is Zuckerberg. Just Imagine!

His time was up on Wednesday, when he was convicted and sentenced to prison for offences bordering on personation and cybercrime.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, also secured the conviction of five other persons for similar offences.

They were a fake US Military Officer, Oguntoyinbo Oluwatobi Damilola and Taiwo Akinyemi Kayode from Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The other two were , Adebayo Adeola Mark from Osi in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, Adedoyin Olayinka from Ilesha West Local Government Area of Osun State.

There was also and one Yusuf Alameen Abiodun from Igbo-Owu Area of Kwara State.

The quartet of Jatto, Damilola, Taiwo and Mark were prosecuted before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the same Court, heard the case of Olayinka and Abiodun.

The defendants pleaded guilty to their separate charges.

Innocent Mbachie represented the EFCC in the cases before Justice Abdulgafar, while R. A Alao prosecuted for the Commission in the cases before Justice Akinpelu.

The two counsel urged the courts to take notice of the confessional statements and the guilty plea entered by the defendants as well as the evidence tendered against them, which included the devices used in perpetrating the crime to convict and sentence them as charged.

Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Jatto, Zuckerberg’s impostor to six months imprisonment each on count one and two, to run concurrently at Mandala Correctional Centre.

Although the sentences were suspended, the convict would be reporting to officials of the Correctional Centre.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 12 pro, laptop and manager’s cheque, which he raised as restitution to his victims.

The judge gave Damilola a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment on count one and two, to run concurrently, while ordering the forfeiture of the phone used to perpetrate the crime to the federal government.

Justice Abdulgafar also sentenced Taiwo to a suspended term of six months imprisonment.

The court ordered that the convict’s Black Toyota Corolla Car with registration number LRN237RA, Dell Laptop, and one IPhone 11 pro be forfeited to the federal government.

A similar sentence was imposed on Mark as the court gave him a suspended six month sentence and ordered the forfeiture of the phone used in committing the crime.

Justice Akinpelu sentenced Olayinka to six months imprisonment each on count one and two, to run concurrently with an option of fine of N200,000 on each count.

In the same vein, the judge sentenced Abiodun to six months imprisonment with option of fine of N200,000.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of a draft of N135,000 raised as restitution to the victim of the crime as well as iPhone XR used as a tool of the crime.

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