A first-class graduate from Lead City University, Ibadan, Olakunle
Akanni, 23, has been sentenced to a twelve months imprisonment for
defrauding an American woman, Diana Huizenga, 77, of over 12,000
dollars (N1.92 million) through an internet love scam.
Akanni who was sentenced today at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos,
falsely presented himself to Huizenga as one Robert Lewis, a white
American living in Nigeria.
He successfully used “love scam” to fleece the woman and even invited
her to come to Nigeria with $90,000 before he was apprehended.
The judge, Lateef Lawal-Akapo sentenced 23-year-old Akanni alongside
one of his accomplices, Adesina Akinsola, 30 after being found guilty of
a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false
pretences preferred against them.
“The first defendant, Akanni, is to pay the sum of N2 million which
is the equivalent of $12, 820 to the victim (Huizenga), as restitution.
“Also, the third defendant, Akinsola, is to pay the sum of N500, 000 to the victim as restitution,” the judge ordered.
He also ordered them to write an undertaking to be submitted to the
EFCC that they would be of good behaviour upon their release from prison