Akinsanya Olamide Ridwan, a 400 level student of the University of Ilorin, has been sentenced to three months of community service for committing romance fraud.
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court convicted Ridwan on Monday , August 31, 2020, after being arraigned on a one-count charge, bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences by EFCC.
The charge read:
“That you,Akinsanya Riwan (a.k.a Alex James) sometime in March, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by impersonation by pretending and representing yourself to be a white man called Alex James to an unsuspected white woman, Stewart Sonia on a dating site called Hangout as it is contained in your gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria”
The defendant pleaded guilty to the one-count charge and was ordered to get a notice of clearance from the Registrar of UNILORIN and the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kwara State, adding that failure to do so would attract him six months imprisonment.
Justice Oyinloye also ordered the convict to pay a fine of 50,000 naira in addition to the Community Service which requires him to clear the drainage behind a filling station, near Tipper Garage, Tanke, up to the University of Ilorin gate for three months commencing from 2nd September 2020.