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Secondary School Graduate Jailed For TikTok Scam

An 18-year-old Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) holder, Henry Bilabi has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for impersonating on tiktok to defraud unsuspecting citizens of 500 US dollar.

Justice Ismail Ijelu of an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced Bilabi to two years imprisonment, following his plea bargain agreement to the charge of impersonation proffered against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The court is satisfied that the defendant understands the plea bargain agreement and accordingly, the defendant is hereby found guilty.

“You just finished secondary school and the only thing  you know how to do is to commit crime,” he said.

Ijelu however, gave the convict an option of   one million naira fine which must be paid within 30 days.

He also ordered that the convict carry out  six hours community service for three months, under the supervision of the officials of the Lagos Custodial Centre.

The judge also said that the convict must write an undertaken never to go back to the crime and his iPhone7 be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Earlier, EFCC Counsel, Mr Ahmed Yerima, in his review of facts, had told the court that the commission received an intelligence report sometimes in October 2023 that some young persons were defrauding innocent citizens around Ajah.

Yerima said that the convict was arrested and when his phone was analysed under forensic tools, some fraudulent  documents were printed out from his tiktok account.

“He confessed to have created  a fake tiktok account where he represented himself as Grace David with username grace_david2 where he benefited 50 US dollars.

“He raised manager cheque of N50,000 in favour of EFCC during the investigation,” he said.

The convict’s extra judicial statement, iPhone7, cheque of N50,000 were admitted into evidence,following no objections from the defence counsel, Ms Mary Uzodimma.

The convict, in his plea for mercy, had prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravenes Section 380 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

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