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Man bags 2 years jail term for Bitcoin fraud in Benue

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of one James Dada Nicup on a two count charge bordering on criminal impersonation with the intent to defraud.

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According to a statement on Wednesday by the EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, found the suspect guilty and passed the sentence.

The charge reads, “That you, James Dada Nicup between September, 2020 to December 2020 in Makurdi within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, unlawfully procured for use a Computer Programme to wit: A WhatsApp group link which you posted on Facebook inviting interested persons to invest in Bitcoin through which you defrauded one Ademu Alexander Inalegwu of an aggregate sum of N111,900.00 (One Hundred and Eleven Thousand Nine Hundred Naira only), thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 28(1)(a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition ,Prevention etc ) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 28(2) of the same Act.”

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The convict pleaded ‘guilty’ when the charge was read to him prompting the prosecution counsel, George Chia-Yakua to ask the Court to convict him accordingly.

The defense counsel, D. M. Kwaghtser pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy, that his client has become remorseful.

Justice Dogo convicted and sentenced James to one year Imprisonment on each count with an option of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) fine on each count.

The Court further ordered First Bank to close down the account Number 314166765 used to perpetrate the fraud, and forbids the convict from opening or operating any Account within two years. The credit balance in the account was ordered forfeited to Federal Government of Nigeria.

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