Justice Saleh Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State has sentenced one Irabor Osarumwense, aka 007 Daniel Craig (James Bond), to two years’ imprisonment for impersonation and fraud.
Osarumwense was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on one count bordering on impersonation and obtaining under false pretences. He reportedly impersonated a British actor to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The charge read, “That you Irabor Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig, James Bond) sometime in 2021 in Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of Daniel Craig, an British actor, by fraudulently sending documents to one Nansiri through the internet which document you claim emanated from the said Daniel Craig with the intent to gain advantage for yourself, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.”
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elodi, urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
Delivering judgment on Thursday, Justice Shuaibu convicted and sentenced the defendant to “two years’ imprisonment or a fine of N200,000.”
The defendant is also to forfeit the phone used in perpetuating the crime to the Federal Government. He is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards. PUNCH