Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two impersonators of Mr. Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Prince Samuel and Ekenne Jacob Onyeocha to three years jail terms each for Conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretense and impersonation.
They were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Command, on three counts.
The commission in a statement said the suspects pleaded “guilty” to the three counts.
Justice Ajoku on March 28, 2023 convicted and sentenced the defendants to one year jail term on each count with Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) as a fine. The sentence shall run concurrently from the date of arrest.
It said the Convicts hacked the account of Mr. Obla with Ogeyi Place Hotel and defrauded the customer of Two Million, Three Hundred and Seventy One, Thousand Naira (N2, 371,000.00), between 2018 and 2019.
The Hotel sometime in January 2022, received an email from the convicts pretending to be their client, Mr. Obla, a senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, requesting to know his credit balance with the Hotel. Upon the confirmation of the same, they further requested that the balance be credited into the account of one Mr. Godwin Anietie Obla J, with account Number. 2192067287 domiciled in United Bank for Africa.
After transferring the money, the legitimate owner of the money visited the Hotel to lodge, but was told that he gave an instruction for his account balance to be transferred, which he refuted.
At this point, the Hotel realized that it had been defrauded.