A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has sentenced Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh to one-year imprisonment for impersonating one Loveday Chiamaka Uzor’s identity to enroll in a social empowerment scheme N-Power.
The defendants were arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation under Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.
“That you, Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh on or about the 10th of October, 2017 at Zenith Bank within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate one Loveday Chiamaka Uzor, ” the judge I.M. Sani said in court.
“With intent to gain advantage for yourselves thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.”
The convicts allegedly obtained the sum of N360,000 from the scheme after opening a bank account in the name of the witness Uzor.
Uzor had initially applied for the scheme, but stopped her application mid-way, fearing that the scheme might not be genuine.
Clinton and Soroh capitalized on this and completed the enrollment processes in Uzor’s name which she found out and reported to her bank.
The court found them guilty and sentenced them to one year in imprisonment.