Justice P.I. Njoku of the Federal High Court, sitting in Benin, Edo State, on Thursday, February 12, 2015 convicted and sentenced Philip Agbodobri to two years imprisonment without an option of fine for offences bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and internet scam.
Agbodobri, who goes by different aliases – Graham Karlsson and Obrien Karlsson, was being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for engaging in internet scam.
Men of the Fourth Brigade/Sector One, Operation Pulo Shield of the Nigerian Army in Benin had arrested him in January 2013 along with 19 other cohorts of his, handing them over to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.
He was subsequently charged with engaging in internet scam, having being caught in possession of a laptop, in which was found scam emails, with the subject, “Payment Details”, which though he knew were false, but he still sent out to unsuspecting businessmen.
After diligent prosecution, Justice Ajoku convicted him of engaging in internet scam, contrary to Section 6 and 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act..