A man named Okechukwu Brown, a father of three, was on Monday in Lagos sentenced to three years imprisonment for defrauding an American of $3,650 in an online romance scam.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja High Court handed down the verdict after Brown pleaded guilty to the charge.
Brown was sentenced after entering into a plea bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
As part of the terms of the agreement, he pleaded guilty to a one-count amended charge of obtaining money by false pretences.
The EFCC had also recommended a one-and-a -half-year prison term in the plea bargain.
Following his plea, Mr Uche Chikelue, the counsel to the defendant, quoting the Holy Bible, asked the court for mercy in sentencing Brown.
“In Mark 10: 46-52, is the story of blind Bartimaeus, who was delivered by one word — mercy. Like blind Bartimaeus, we are standing on the word —…