Salami Yusuf Adetola, a citizen who claimed to be an American lottery agent, was sentenced to six months in prison for identity theft and cybercrime.
Judge Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin sentenced Adetola on Tuesday.
He was sentenced alongside AbdulKareem Abdulmojeed Olamilekan, a graphic designer from the Ifelodun local government area of ââKwara state and Nwabudike Emmanuel Lawrence from the eastern Ethiopia local government area of ââthe state of Delta for a similar offense.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the trio on separate charges. They all pleaded guilty.
EFCC lawyer RA Alao called witnesses (detectives) who presented evidence, including fraudulent messages and the devices used to perpetrate the crime.
Judge Akinpelu ruled that the prosecution had proven its arguments beyond a reasonable doubt.
Adetola was sentenced to six months in prison with a fine of N 200,000; Olamilekan was sentenced to one year in prison with a fine of 300,000 naira.
Lawrence received a six-month prison sentence on each of the two counts with an option of a fine of N 200,000.
Convicts will lose phones and laptops used for crimes to the federal government and will have to reimburse their victims.