As was contained in a press release by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC the
The charge against Godspower reads: “That you, Gospower Nwachukwu sometime in April 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honorable court fraudulently induced one Matthew Scott, a citizen of United States of America to deliver the sum of $1,900 (One Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars) to you through bitcoin online payment and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 (a) of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 (Abuja) and punishable under Section 322 of the same law.”
The defendants pleaded guilty to the amended charges, when they were read to them.
Defence counsel, Abaji Abel did not object to the amended charges, but urged the judge to temper justice with mercy as his clients were both remorseful. He pleaded that the defendants being first-time offenders should be given a second chance, especially as they had already forfeited all proceeds of the crime traced to them, including a iPhoneX to the federal government, following a plea bargain agreement.
Justice Bello sentenced the brothers to three years imprisonment each with an option of N1,500,000 fine (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to be paid to the EFCC for onward return to their victims through the US Embassy, as restitution.
“The defendants shall also depose to an affidavit of undertaking to be of good behavior,” the judge added.