Facebook Hackers Bag Three Years Jail-Term In Akwa Ibom State
Justice A.A. Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa
Ibom State has convicted and sentenced two Facebook hackers, Odion
Destiny Osas and Eroh Emmanuel Benadine to three years imprisonment each
for internet fraud.
Their journey to prison started when one Ncheta Omerekpe petitioned
the Uyo Zonal Office of EFCC, on their illicit online activities.
According to Ncheta, the convicts had in June 2018, hacked into his
Facebook account, impersonated him and sent several distress messages to
his friends and associates asking them for money, which some of his
friends actually sent to the convicts.
When they were first arraigned on February 8, 2019, they pleaded not
guilty to the three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining
by false pretence, preferred against them by the EFCC.
The prosecution, through its counsel, J.O. Abolarin opened trial and
presented a witness, Mustapha I. Suleman, an EFCC detective, who
tendered several documents including a signed printout of their First
Bank statements of account and the written statements of the nominal
complainant amongst others, which were admitted in evidence.
At the resumed sitting the convicts opted to change their pleas,
which the court granted. They both pleaded “guilty” to the three counts.
Justice Okeke, thereafter, convicted the hackers and sentenced them to
one year imprisonment on each count without the option of a fine, and
ordered that the punishments run concurrently.