Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 convicted and sentenced Bisong James Oyen, a fake employment officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to two years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Similarly, Kelvin Ogbonna, an internet scammer equally bagged two years from the same judge.
Oyen was arraigned by the EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office on Thursday, June 13, 2019 on a two-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007, and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Bisong James Oyen, on or about 11th December, 2018 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did forge Economic and Financial Crimes Commission appointment letter and delivered same to Talbort Young for employment with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine a pretext, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act”.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges at the point of arraignment. He, however, changed his plea on Tuesday to “guilty”, thus paving the way for his conviction.
Justice Omotosho convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment on each of the charges. The sentences run concurrently. Both the prosecution and defence counsels agreed on the plea bargain arrangement.
Oyen’s journey to prison began when a petitioner alleged that he logged into the EFCC’s website in a bid to apply for a job, but could not get log in successfully.