A Nigerian Disk Jockey (DJ) Michael Jackson, a.k.a. Ella-Ellywood, has been convicted and sentenced to three months imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday for impersonation.
The DJ was given the jail term on Monday, by Justice Tijjani Ringim, after he pleaded guilty to the allegation of impersonation made against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Arraigning the Convict, the EFCC’s prosecutor, Abdulraheed Ridwan Alabi, told the court that the defendant, Michael Jackson, on January 27, 2022, fraudulenty impersonated one Ella-Ellywood, by using same on his Hangout app profile, with an intent to gain advantage for himself.
Mustapha told the court that the offence committed by the defendant, was Contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) Of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act 2015.
Following the defendant’s guilty plea, the court asked the prosecutor to review the facts of the charge.
In reviewing the facts of the charge, the prosecutor through an Investigation Officer, Latenwa Mustapha, tendered the following the following; One iPhone 11 Pro; one Mack Book; one Hp Laptop; One 4Runners Toyota Jeep; one Honder Accord, the defendant’s Extra-judicial statements and several fraudulent documents printed out of the defendant’s device. These exhibits were admitted by the court.
Upon the reviewed of the facts of the matter, the prosecutor urged the court to convict and sentence him in accordance with 22(2)(b) Of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, E.t.c) Act 2015
Justice Ringim therefore pronounced him guilty as charged and convicted accordingly.
Upon his conviction, his counsel pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.
He told the court that he is a first time convict who has no previous conviction record. Adding that the Convict had learnt his lesson and promised not to engage in any criminal act.
Following the counsel’s plea, Justice Ringim sentenced the Convict to three months imprisonment and one month community service.
The judge also ordered the convict to entered into a bond with EFCC to be of good behavior for five years.