Scandal as Nigerian court sends lecturer to prison over romance scam

Scandal as Nigerian court sends lecturer to prison over romance scam

- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully prosecuted a case of romance scam

- The anti-graft agency disclosed what led to the arrest of the suspected scammer, Adebisi Ademola

- Romance scams have become popular among internet fraudsters in Africa

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The Kwara State High Court has found Adebisi Ademola, a lecturer at the Kwara state College of Health Technology (Health Tech) Offa, guilty of his involvement in a love scam.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the court also sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment over his offence.

Scandal as Nigerian court sends lecturer to prison over romance scam
Ademola was among 33 other suspected internet fraudsters arrested on September 14, 2020, in Offa area of Kwara state. Photo: @officialEFCC
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The lecturer was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the on a one-count bordering on a romance scam.

The anti-graft agency said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria.

The commission told the court that the defendant was arrested on September 14, 2020, at the Offa area of Kwara state following intelligence report.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him in court.

Following his ‘guilty plea, the judge, Justice Oyinloye, found Ademola guilty of the charge and sentenced him accordingly. He, however, gave him an option of a fine of N50,000.

The judge further ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s phone used as to perpetuate the crime, to the federal government.

Meanwhile, about fifty-seven cyber fraud suspects have been arrested by officials of EFCC at four hotel hideouts in Ilaro, Ogun state.

This was disclosed by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, PM News reports. He said the suspects were arrested in Yewa Frontier Hotel & Resort, Ellysam Hotel & Suits, April Suits and IBD International Hotels.

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The suspects were involved in a range of cybercrimes, from love scams on numerous dating sites to obtaining money by false pretences.

Four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops and several incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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