Justice Garba Umar of the Federal High Court, Benin City on Friday ordered that Akhigbe Gabriel, an SS II student, be remanded in prison custody for alleged impersonation and internet fraud.
Gabriel was remanded alongside Adesuwa Precious, Ogheneteru Pezu, Kenneth Owa, and Isaac Nkemdule until the next adjourned date.
They were accused of defrauding one Joy of N150, 000, which was allegedly transferred into the bank account of one of them.
The action was allegedly committed contrary to Section 15; sub-Section 2 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.
Gabriel, a.k.a. Matt Chan, who is facing four counts, allegedly impersonated an American, Matthew Chan and sent male nude pictures to another American Candy Cerfi, contrary to section 22, 14 sub-Section 2 of the Cyber Crimes Act of 2015.
The judge particularly berated Gabriel, who pleaded guilty to the charges.
He expressed worry that the accused would never hold any public office in future “after making himself a convict,” instead of focusing on his studies and completing his education.