A 21-year-old student from the of the Osun State Polytechnic, Identified as Adaramaja Olawale, was on Friday docked for alleged Facebook fraud.
The students, who reside at Abeokuta Street in Mushin, Lagos State, is standing trial on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. If found guilty, he will spend up to 15 years in jail.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Yomi Egunjobi explained to the court that the accused committed the offences on July 28, at No. 4, Moroti Bankole St., Ojodu area of Lagos State.
Sgt Egunjobi alleged that the accused made a false presentation on Facebook that one Alebiosu Adebola committed fraud. He said the accused used the complainant’s name to defraud her friends on Facebook.
“Olawale hacked into the complainant’s Facebook account and changed her password. Through fraudulent means, the accused collected money and recharge cards amounting to N16,000 from the complainant’s Facebook friends.
“The complainant’s friends called her to confirm if she were the one chatting with them and requesting for money and recharge cards,” he added.
The prosecutor narrated that the accused was apprehended in Osun by the police after it had investigated the allegation while noting that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 (a), (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
After reading the charges to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. Section 312 provides a 15-year imprisonment if convicted.
The chief magistrate, Mrs M. O. Oshinbajo, admitted the accused to N50, 000-bail following the defence counsel’s submission for the bail application, with two sureties in like sum who must be gainfully employed.
She adjourned the case to Sept. 1, for mention.