A High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Monday sentenced a man to 15 years imprisonment for impersonating the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona and defrauding people on the Internet.
The convict, Bidemi Thompson, was found guilty of opening a Facebook account with the name of the first class traditional ruler, which he used to defraud a Nigerian woman resident in Republic of Ireland, Olufunmilola Popoola.
The court heard that Mr. Thompson, 23, posed as the Awujale of Ijebuland on Facebook and proposed marriage to Ms. Popoola in 2014.
Ms. Popoola consented to Mr. Thompson’s proposal and agreed to send money for the traditional marriage rituals into an account he opened.
The court also heard that Mr. Thompson invited Mr. Popoola to Nigeria for the monarch’s 80th birthday anniversary, but failed to meet him throughout the event.
After committing about N20million to the scam marriage, she suspected foul play and petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Mr. Thompson was later arrested in Ibadan by the anti-graft agency and arraigned on a nine-count charge of Internet fraud, impersonation, conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, forgery, among others.
Delivering judgment, Justice A.A. Akinyemi found him guilty of eight out of the nine charges.
Describing the convict as a “serial and pathological liar” who was not remorseful throughout the trial, the judge said Mr. Thompson would serve the term concurrently.