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A Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Monday sentenced 52-year-old Peter Ayara, to five months imprisonment, for failure to produce an accused person for prosecution.

The convict, Mr Peter Ayara who stood as surety to one Adeyemi, had pleaded guilty to a count charge bordering on screening of an offender, and begged the court for leniency.

The judge, Hassan Ishaq, however, gave the convict an option to pay N10,000 fine, and N372,000 as compensation to the nominal complainant on or before May 16.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Vincent Osiji, had told the court that one Matthew Nyitar of Apo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Wuye Police Station, on April 12 at about 10:a.m.

Osiji said the complainant alleged that, sometime in November, 2017, at Wuye Police Station, the defendant stood as a surety to Adeyemi, who extorted N372,000 from the nominal complainant.

He added that the convict who agreed to produce Adeyemi whenever needed for prosecution, failed to do so.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Section 167 of the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, A Federal High Court on Friday sentenced an internet fraudster, Toba Agbanah, to six months imprisonment for internet fraud of N21.1 million.

Delivering judgment, Justice Patricia Ajoku, convicted and sentenced Agbanah after he pleaded guilty and subsequently went into a plea bargain agreement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).

“This judgment is in line with the provisions of Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 that provides for anyone that enters a plea bargain agreement to be given a reduced sentence.

“However, to serve as warning to others intending to go into similar anti-social behavior, the convict is sentenced to six months in prison.

“All the exhibits found in his possession are forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the Judge said.

Earlier, Dr. Benedict Ubi, counsel to the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office had told the court that the convict was arraigned on a-count amended charge bordering on impersonation.

Ubi further stated that Agbanah committed the crime over a period of time, but was first arrested on Oct. 3 2019, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to the prosecutor, the convict successfully impersonated and defrauded unsuspecting foreigners from the U.S. through his a fictitious email address.

He added that N12.1 million was sent into his First, Guarantee Trust and Eco bank account through Western Union Money Transfer.

He further said that other proceeds of the crime include Avenza and a Toyota, laptops, different sophisticated phones and a TV set.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 22A (B) of the Cyber Crime Prohibition Act 2015. (NAN)

Agbanah was originally arraigned on a 30-count charge bordering on unlawful impersonation, forgery, and stealing.

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