Court sends graduating student to jail over ‘Yahoo Yahoo’

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… Compels him to return Apple laptop, iPhone to victim

Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

Final year student of Computer Science of an undisclosed Institution In Ogun state, Soyombo Ridwan has met his waterloo as Court sentenced him to a four months jail term over cyber crimes.

The Convict who was arrested by the officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal office on February 13, was convicted by justice Ibrahim Watilat at the Federal high court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Ridwan got into trouble at a time he was supposed to be mobilised for the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.

Soyombo had settled for a plea bargain with the commission before the initial charges were reduced to one.

The charge that earned him the four months jail term reads: “That you Soyombo Omogbolahan Ridwan (aka Andrea Norde) sometimes in 2019, at Awa-Ijebu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court knowingly sent pornographic and indecent pictures with Google Hang Out Account with email address through a computer system and network to one James R. Dunford and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 24 (1)(a) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 24(1) of same Act”

Prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur, had urged the court to convict him accordingly since he had admitted committing the offense and pleaded guilty.

While delivering his judgment the judge said the four months jail term takes effect from February 13, 2019 when he was arrested.

The court also ordered that, through the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Soyombo shall forfeit and restitute a sum of $700 (Seven hundred United States of America Dollars) to James R. Dunford and Cara Melton, his victims.

The court also ordered that Ridwan will also forfeit his Apple MacBook Air Laptop, One iPhone X Mobile Phone and One WiFi Router to the Nigerian government. The items, believed to be proceeds of his crime, were recovered from him during his arrest.

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