The Lagos Zonal Office of EFCC, on January 22, 2019, secured the conviction of Temitope Alani Teslim, for Internet fraud.
Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos convicted him for the offence bordering on possession of fraudulent documents. He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Army Corps of Military Police on May 16, 2018 around Ogba, Lagos and was subsequently handed over to the EFCC.
During investigation, he wrote three statements, in which he confessed that he was into dating scam. He was re-arraigned today on an amended 22-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.
One of the counts reads:
“That you, Temitope Alani Teslim (aka Hannah Ciar), on or about the 25th of June 2018 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division, had in your possession a document titled ‘My Discussion With Stevieboy66’, wherein you represented yourself as a white female, Hannah Ciar, to one Stevieboy66, thereby containing pretence which you knew to be false.”
Count two reads:
“That you, Temitope Alani Teslim (aka Hannah Ciar), on or about the 25th of June 2018 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division, had in your possession a document titled ‘Happy Hump Day’ containing pretence which you knew to be false.”
He pleaded “guilty” to the charges. The prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the defendant had entered a plea bargain with the EFCC. After hearing the terms of agreement reached by the prosecution and defence, the trial judge convicted him accordingly, and sentenced him to one year and four months in prison.
Judge Solebo also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 7, a silver Acer Chrome and battery power pack, which he used “as the instrumentality of fraud” to the Federal Government.