2 fake U.S. soldiers Akinrodolu, Tobi jailed for romance scams

L-R Tobi, Olujobi Victor and Akinrodolu

L-R Tobi, Olujobi Victor and Akinrodolu

Two persons, Akinrodolu Sunday and George Tobi, who fraudulently posed as United States of America soldiers, have been sentenced to various jail terms for romance scam and other internet fraud.

They were jailed by Justice Mohamed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Akinrodolu and George were jailed alongside Oluwajobi Victor, slammed with a separate charge of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The convicts were among the 34 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in different locations in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on 8 March 2021.

While Akinrodolu and George were posing to be US military Officers to lure unsuspecting victims into online relationship, Oluwajobi was charged with attempting to defraud people seeking accommodation in USA.

The defendants admitted committing the crime and pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Items recovered from the defendants, including a Toyota Corolla Sport Car, iPhones, Ipad, bank draft.

Incriminating items printed from their devices, were tendered by Aliyu Adebayo and Rasheedat Alao, who prosecuted the cases for the Commission.

The items were admitted as evidence by the court.

In his judgment on Monday, 27 September 2021, Justice Sanni sentenced Akinrodolu to six months imprisonment each on count one and two, with option of fine of N300,000 on each count.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 7 and infinix 55 phone, which he used to perpetrate the crime as well as a Toyota Corolla Sport car acquired with the proceeds of his unlawful activities to the Federal Government.

Similarly, George was sentenced to six months imprisonment with option of fine of N300,000.

The iPhone 6s recovered from him at the point of arrest was also forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Sani sentenced Olujobi to six months imprisonment with option of fine of N300,000.

The judge ordered that the iPhone 6 and IPad Air 2, which the convict used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.