Two Facebook hackers in Akwa Ibom state have been sentenced to three years imprisonment each for Internet Fraud.
Justice A.A. Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo convicted two Facebook hackers, dion Destiny Osas and Eroh Emmanuel Benadine to three years imprisonment after finding them guilty of Internet Fraud.
According to Ncheta Omerekpe who had petitioned the Uyo Zonal Office of EFCC, on their illicit online activities, 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.
The two convicts were initially arraigned in court, February 8, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence, preferred against them by the EFCC.
Luck ran out on them when 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.
The Facebook hackers in Akwa Ibom ended up opting 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.