Debest Osarumwense, the mother of an internet fraudster, Endurance Osarumwense, has been sentenced to give years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State.
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Debest was arraigned on Tuesday by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one-count charge for “aiding her son to receive the sum of N91,296,150.00, proceeds of his criminal activities”.
The charge against her reads: “That you, Debest Osarumwense (f) sometime between 2nd January 2020 and December 2021 in Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did take possession of the total sum of N91,296,150.00 (ninety-one million, two hundred and ninety-six thousand, one hundred and fifty naira) knowing that same represent proceeds of Endurance Osarumwense (your son) criminal conduct to wit: cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 17(b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment) Act 2004.”
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty. in view of her plea, the prosecution counsel, I. K. Agwai, prayed the court to convict and sentence her accordingly.
The judge, I. S. Shuaibu convicted and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment with the option of N1 million fine, and she is also to forfeit the balance in her bank account to the federal government.
KanyiDaily recalls that the Nigerian Police Force had said that the mothers of internet fraudsters will be sent to prison if found guilty.